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Hike the Sylvan & Point Trails

Perth, Ontario



5 miles

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Added by Shannon Bushinsky

With its breathtaking feldspar outcrops, views and feeling of solitude, the Sylvan and Point Trails of Murphy's Point share unique qualities.

Coming from Perth, head south on County Route 1 for about 7 km and turn right onto Elm Grove Road.  Continue on Elm Grove for about 11 km.  You will see a sign on the left for Murphy's Point Provincial Park - it is not hard to miss.  Turn left into Murphy's Point and continue until you reach a booth.  After you get a pass to enter from the booth, follow the signs to the boat launch parking area.  At the parking area, there is a sign for the Sylvan and Point trails.

Starting this year, there is a new connecting trail between the Sylvan and Point Trails.  You can access both of them from the boat launch parking area.

The Sylvan Trail is 2.5 km return and is a moderate hike.  There is mature hardwood forest in a hill landscape.  From this trail, you can see large outcrops of feldspar.  I suggest having your camera ready for the topography.

The Point Trail is 5.5 km return (first loop) and 8 km return (Sylvan loop) and is a moderate hiking level.  Here you can hike through mature forests of hemlock, pine, hardwood and cedar to several outlooks over the Big Rideau Lake.  At one point, you can overlook the small bays of Murphy's Point toward Noble Bay.  As the name suggests, the trail passes the very tip of the park on the Big Rideau Lake.  There, you can view up the northern part of the lake and the Rocky Narrows to the east.

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